The Solent

Lifting off from the Solent

RNAS Lee-on-the-Solent was a seaplane base tasked with protecting shipping along the south coast and into the Southampton Water. The base has been operational since 1917. In the period between the wars, it became a training base teaching pilots to fly Fairey Swordfish torpedo bombers like those which sank the Bismarck. The base was an operational part of the Fleet Air Arm.
Today it contains the Hovercraft Museum at Daedalus, including the speed record holder across the Channel. Princess Anne made the trip in 22 minutes in 1995, and now sits next to its sister ship Princess Margaret.
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